The company has endured nearly two weeks of campaigns against its operations but pledged local villagers would hardly notice the work. Green groups managed to stop freight trucks from getting to the drilling site, though the company managed to get enough work going to install its rig. Last week, the company said the site was good for exploration but might yet turn into a full production site.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said amidst the uproar that hydraulic fracturing could help provide a major source of economic stimulus to his country. Last week, the state government in North Dakota doled out $6.85 million in grants to help schools cope with the massive population boom corresponding with its economic gains from fracking. The state gross domestic product last year was 29 percent higher than the national average and Cameron said that success may be duplicated at home. (Related article: Canada's Offshore Versus Shale Gas)
"If we don’t back this technology, we will miss a massive opportunity to help families with their bills and make our country more competitive," he said.
No Dash for Gas said last week Cuadrilla was up to no good in Balcombe. The company has a history of skirting the truth and residents of the village are already experiencing the impacts of Cuadrilla's fracking campaign, it said. The advocacy group said Cuadrilla in December said there were no plans to drill in Balcombe, but by May was already announcing plans for an exploration campaign. From heavy road traffic, to the disturbance to wildlife, campaigners say the energy company is clearly not wanted in Balcombe.